The Best of John Adair on Leadership and Management

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Overview

This is a goldmine of ideas, advice and techniques from one of the world’s leading writers on management and leadership. It brings together all of John Adair’s thinking on leadership, teambuilding, creativity and innovation, problem-solving, motivation, communication and time-management.

Full of practical guidance experience and insight, it’s packed with a large number of charts, diagrams and forms. This is a repackaged and updated edition of the best-selling John Adair Handbook.

Content

Foreword iii
PART ONE: SELF-MANAGEMENT

01 TIME MANAGEMENT
Introduction
Developing a personal sense of time
Identifying long-term goals
Making medium-term plans
Planning the day
Making the best use of your best time
Organising office work
Managing meetings
Delegating effectively
Making use of committed time
Managing your health
Summary and six-month follow-up test

02 SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Introduction
Personal goals and objectives
Professional/business goals and objectives
Summary and six-month follow-up test

03 DECISION-MAKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING
Introduction
Decision-making skills
The manager as decision-maker
Key elements of effective thinking and decision-making
Other useful approaches
The concept of value in decision-making
Decision-making and weighing up the options
Summary and six-month follow-up test

04 CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Introduction
Creativity
Innovation
Summary and six-month follow-up test

05 PART 1:
PERSONAL REMINDERS AND THOUGHTS WORTH THINKING
Introduction
Time management
Setting and achieving goals and objectives
Decision-making and problem-solving
Creativity and innovation
PART TWO: MANAGING OTHERS

06 LEADERSHIP AND TEAMBUILDING
A. Leadership
Qualities of leadership
Functions of leadership
Leadership skills
Developing leadership skills
B. Teambuilding
Summary and six-month follow up test

07 MOTIVATION AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
Introduction
The 50:50 rule
Needs and motivation
Managers/leaders and motivation
Getting the best from people
Summary and six-month follow-up test

08 COMMUNICATION AND PRESENTATION
Introduction
Issues in communication
Listening
Reading skills
Writing skills
Speaking and presentation skills
One-to-one interviews
Managing meetings
Within your organisation
Summary and six-month follow-up test

09 PART 2:
PERSONAL REMINDERS AND THOUGHTS WORTH THINKING
Introduction
Leadership and teambuilding
Motivation and people management
Communication and presentation

Reviews

‘A book for constant reference … A great achievement … ought to be found on every manager’s bookshelf.’

Journal of the Institute of Public Sector Management

‘[John Adair is] without doubt one of the foremost thinkers on the subject in the world.’

Sir John Harvey-Jones

The author

John Adair is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant influences on management and leadership development in both business and military spheres. He studied history at Cambridge University and holds higher degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London. He became the world’s first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey and is internationally known as a consultant. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

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